I have a very peculiar taste in music, because I don't listen to the lyrics at all, and I mean...AT ALL. I don't pay any attention to it, but if you show me the lyrics to a particular song, I can appreciate it on an intellectual level. The thing for me is, music for me is an emotional experience, NOT an intellectual or literary experience. I'm not even a very emotional person, I enjoy reading books and I consider myself to be a literary person in general, but when listening to music, that part of me just dissolves away. Its to the point that I can literally listen to a song for hours on end, but not even know what the song was really about or any of the lyrics-- instead, I imagine my own stories and experiences in the place of the actual meaning of the song, just going by the energy and emotions I get from the melody/beat. Also I draw from things I have seen or read in the past, sometimes there is an intuitive connection between the melody/beat and a certain theme/image in my mind or even a certain character that evoke strong emotions, and I tend to choose songs that bring out those connections in some way.
Does anybody else have a similar relationship with music? I am curious.